Tonight I “voted for the environment.” I sent an email to the leaders of all the Canadian political parties from David Suzuki’s web site. His tour is wrapping up in the next few days, tomorrow being the Vancouver stop. I was thinking of going as I’m pretty big on cooling the planet, but I’m not sure I’m ready to be in a room with that many environmentalists. I don’t mind the odd hippy, tree-huggers but the environmental extremists should be caged.
I have to say, I’m pretty impressed how they’re blogging, podcasting, and encouraging people to upload videos to YouTube with their thoughts. Nice to see them embracing the web, but I still think there’s a lot more that can be done with this medium. Here’s my letter…
Name: Brad Touesnard
If I were Prime Minister…
I would hire a proven Canadian web development firm to build a web site that would actually GET people to do things to help the environment. The keyword here is GET. Most environmental sites give a list of suggestions. Things you “could” do. But these sites do not motivate.
Today’s social networking sites like 43Things.com actually get people motivated by “cheering” each other and enabling visibility into what a person is doing. Many people link to their 43Things list from their blogs, proud to show-off what they’ve set out to do.
We need to leverage the networking power of the web to tackle the worlds toughest challenges. Today’s biggest being global warming.
Oh, and check out the video “Rick and David Suzuki get rescued” from the Rick Mercer Report. Here’s a priceless exchange when Rick’s trying to get David to jump in a frozen lake:
David: I’m too old for this, I’m not going to do it.
Rick: You’re going to do it.
David: I’m not going to do it, you’re not even paying me for god sakes.
Rick: You’re doing it for the planet David!
David: I’m going to freeze my nuts off, you know that.
Rick: For the planet…
David: The planet? Hell, what about my nuts!